Life’s Wake-up Calls- A slip in the snow…

I guess I would say that a profound Belief in Destiny helped me to accept the fact that I broke a bone in my wrist about 3 weeks ago.
My husband had gone out sledging with my 4 older kids and even though I wanted to join them, I reluctantly stayed at home as apparently it was too ‘dangerous’ (my husband’s word not mine) to venture outside with my 5 month old.
I slipped and fell onto my side, breaking a bone in the process (!!) when I popped outside to put the bin out. This unfortunate incident took place just two steps away from my doorstep.  No, the irony hasn’t escaped me.
Strangely, the fact that I had listened to my husband made me feel better. I mean, he actually said please! That was weird.  So, I didn’t go (but still fell).  This means it’s not my fault.  Of course it isn’t.  But can you imagine if I had gone….(* cue: big loudspeaker in my ear shouting I TOLD YOU SO!!*)

So after it happened, I  felt so glad that I wasn’t actually carrying my 5 month old in the sling at the same time. I must have also been running on adrenaline and other chemicals released, as natural pain relief took over my body, and it took a few minutes for me to actually feel the extent of the pain.
I could call it a coincidence that I’d read a Roald Dahl account of his father’s fractured elbow just a day earlier. But since I don’t believe in random coincidences it must’ve been destiny :-). The story goes that a misdiagnosis occurred via an unfortunate incident concerning a drunk doctor and a home visit in the middle of the night. His father​’s whole arm was amputated and he had to live the rest of his life with only one working arm. He consequently learnt to do everything one-handed. Roald Dahl reported that the only thing his father couldn’t do is slice the top off a boiled egg!
Reflecting on this story the following day in hospital, after hearing that I’d have to have my arm in a cast for 6 weeks, I felt doubly grateful that it wasn’t a diagnosis to have to live without the use of one arm for the rest of my life!

HAVING A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour
RUMI
Life is a journey, enjoy it!
MY DAD

So keeping my favourite life quotes in mind, I’m going to try to go through everything putting a positive spin on the thoughts before and after this event.
– My pedometer battery ran out minutes before I fell
I took that as a sign to take a day off my 10,000 regimented steps, (haha, regimented from a week ago!), little did I know it’d be a verrrrrry long break!
– When the heavy snow was forecasted, I didn’t want to drive in this weather. I slid through it and nearly lost control of my car 2 years ago and didn’t want to go through this stress again. Hmmm must be careful what I wish for!
– I got an earlier and longer visit to London where my sister has come to visit from the UAE . Yay!
– I got a break from changing nappies and washing up (Just read that again.  Woohoo!)
– I could enjoy being looked after again! Last time was a few short months ago when I had bubba no. 5.
• I could make the most of a break in exercise and change-of-lifestyle-type-eating (Heehee, love this one)
• Everybody has been very kind and attentive

To top it off, there have been deliveries of food, chocolates and beautiful bunches of flowers throughout the week from people and places I wouldn’t have even imagined. Honestly people can be so kind.  It was a ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ kinda response.

And as if all that wasn’t enough there will be:
• No school run for duration of cast
• No packing lunch boxes
• And absolutely no washing up!
Anyone fancy a broken wrist yet?

Note:

If you have clicked on this post because you’ve had a broken limb and need inspiration to get through Good Luck!  You will have bad days- just concentrate on getting through each day, one at a time.
To take a phrase from Dave Carnegie’s book ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’, try to live in ‘day-tight compartments’.
Acceptance is a great form of generosity- squash that pride of yours and accept, accept, accept!

Peace and Love
Sidra Ansari ❤

PS I’d like to thank my lovely friend, Nabila Rojob, for the beautiful photo above, of the freesias in the snow 🙂

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Published by Sidra Ansari

Sidra Ansari is a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and teacher. Although she was born in Manchester, she has lived in many places in the U.K including London, North Wales, Birmingham and Leicester. She now lives in the Black Country and dreams of living by the sea once again- a seagull being her preferred muse. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and was selected for WriteNow Live, the Penguin Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She works for the Mud Season Review as a Creative Non Fiction Reader and has work published in the inaugural Desert Rose Lit Magazine. Her self development book ‘Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love’ published by Beacon Books is out in 2020. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of over fifteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter, sidra.7.ansari on Instagram and follow her blog at the7ofus.blog.

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